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The Annual 2023 Cafe Round Up

#ICYMI – the newest and most nom-worthy café’s on the GC.

The Oxley, Nobby Beach (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
The Oxley, Nobby Beach (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Has trying to keep up with the sheer volume of nom-worthy newcomers we’ve welcomed to the GC’s café scene over the past year got your head spinning?

Never fear, our trusty annual café round-up is back again for another year – summarising the most notable new additions, for your brunching, lunching and caffeine worshiping pleasure.

Here’s the year in rebrew

The Oxley
Nobby has been abuzz following the much-anticipated addition of The Oxley to its neck of the woods. Stage one of the stunning, Calile-esque precinct unveiled a resort vibing spot for residents to grab the weekly essentials at the specialty grocer and butcher – along with, of course, a boutique coffee haunt and snack spots. The café offering, Buoy (pronounced boo-ee) is the newest from the Seadog crew offering a compact menu of classics, complemented by neighbouring noshery, Sub Station’s specialties of sandos, juices, shakes and gelato.
Where: The Oxley, 2217 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach

Mylk Well, Palm Beach (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Mylk Well, Palm Beach (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Mylk Well
Opening its doors at 5am daily, Mylk Well, run by the dynamic duo Sophia Buntine and Victoria Macbain, promises an unmatched breakfast experience with offerings like Sourdough Crumpets, Chilli Scrambles, and Coffee Supreme brews. Positioned strategically across from Balboa Italian, the café’s Scandinavian-inspired interiors provide a sleek backdrop for its diverse menu, which includes everything from Kimchi Toasties to House Hash Benedict. Boasting a mix of all-day eats and refreshing drinks, Mylk Well is set to become Palmy’s go-to spot for laidback dining.
Where: 1134 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach

No Name Lane Espresso, Broadbeach (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
No Name Lane Espresso, Broadbeach (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

No Name Lane Espresso
In December No Name Lane gave us a caffeinated gift in the form of No Name Lane Espresso, its adorable mini-me. Nestled just a hop away from its big sibling, this new express-style venue on Surf Parade, Broadbeach is making waves. With a compact footprint and a menu designed for the on-the-go crowd, No Name Lane Espresso is your pit stop for top-notch coffee and grab-and-go cafe classics. From classic B&E rolls to gourmet toasties and signature Janus Deli sandwiches like the Reuben and Pulled Pork, they’ve got your savoury cravings covered. But it’s not just about the savory delights; indulge your sweet tooth with a variety of cabinet-dwelling treats like banana bread and muffins.
Where: 33 Surf Parade, Broadbeach

Food and drinks at Merlo Coffee Roasters, Gold Coast Airport (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Food and drinks at Merlo Coffee Roasters, Gold Coast Airport (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Merlo GC Airport
Operation ‘Gold Coast Airport glow up’ delivered Merlo Coffee Roasters – a chic, pre-flight pit stop for jet setters to refuel with Queensland’s beloved Merlo blend and foodie bites. Operated by Airport Retail Enterprises, the transit haven offers quick bites like signature Lamb Empanadas or Slipper Lobster Rolls, curated by Social Eating House’s Matt Jefferson. Featuring locally sourced products, a slick, 40pax fit out and the signature Merlo bean blend, it’s a new fave among weary and peckish travellers from 5am till late daily.
Where: Inside the Gold Coast Airport, Eastern Ave, Bilinga

Metro Coffee Burleigh
After a ten year reign for Broadbeach mainstay, Metro Coffee, owner Andrew Naismith expanded the legacy with a second location, Metro Coffee Burleigh. Bringing its beloved brekkie bites and brews a little further south – the same ethos of stellar service, quality coffee and simple, yet delicious food still applies. Replacing the former Bulter’s site, the charming, floral inspired fit-out and familiar menu offering also benefits from a selection of local beers, wines, and cocktails to complement the cafe fare.
Where: Shop 12, Burleigh Home and Life Centre, 197-207 Reedy Creek Road, Burleigh Waters

Metro Coffee Burleigh, Burleigh (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Metro Coffee Burleigh, Burleigh (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Kirra Sol Café
An offshoot of a Kirra culinary cornerstone, Bread and Butter – Kirra Sol Café officially brings a taste of that Euro-inspired deliciousness to the first half of the day. Southern residents can now rise and dine with handmade panini toasties, mouthwatering pastries and brekkie burritos, courtesy of a takeaway coffee window addition, as early as 5:30am. The sunny, umbrella-studded alfresco is another for paw-rents to add to the pup friendly list, slinging Social Espresso for the humans and pupuccino’s for their furry friends .
Where: 76 Musgrave St, Coolangatta

Janus Deli
The suburb of Molendinar has been movin’ on up in the culinary world – welcoming Janus Deli, the sando haven marking a savoury departure from the donut virtuosos behind D Point Ten, Dean Jeong and Ryan Jung. Featuring a clean white interior and playful retro branding, the diner-vibing spot is slinging all kinds of carby goodness – classic deli style subs, Korean-infused masterpieces, and of course a cameo from the donuts that earned them cele-bread-ty status on the GC. Grab a Seoul Sub and a Fairy Bread donut
Where: Shop 14, Crestwood Plaza, 458 Olsen Ave, Molendinar

Janus Deli, Molendinar (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Janus Deli, Molendinar (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Made With Love Bakery
Tucked just beyond the bustling Ferry Road precinct, this plant-based bakery is a culinary win for the suburb, introducing a range of fanciful and flaky treats such as cinnamon scrolls, croissants, Nutella donuts, and potato pies, all 100% vegan. The husband and wife duo, Alana and Brady Borg, embarked on this ambitious debut despite their lack of hospitality experience, fuelled by their passion for plant-based eats. With a modern and moody boutique feel, the bakery boasts a chic black finish complemented by timber and white elements. Made With Love Bakery is a guilt-free haven for vegans, diners with dietary requirements, and anyone with a penchant for scrumptious plant-based delights.
Where: 19 Alicia street, Southport

Kinship
The new kid on Currumbin SLSC’s block, Kinship, is the Club’s community-minded cafe offshoot – conveniently nestled under its new Junior Activity Centre just across the road. The compact, coffee window style spot is punching well above its weight with an array of hearty and portable options for peckish beachgoers – with Halloumi, Egg, & Hash Burgers, brekkie tacos (and burritos!) that turn into Fish Tacos as lunchtime looms. The profits go back into Currumbin Vikings Junior activity program, so go ham on those toasties, y’all.
Where: 766 Pacific Parade, Currumbin

UE Bagels
Locals have been flocking from schmear and far to get their UE Bagels at the popular Varsity bakery, this year expanding its offering with a brand new, beachside bae-goals of a spot for Palmy. Inspired by adventures abroad, founders Mitch Barling and Emily Hugo use locally sourced ingredients to create their traditional, North American style bagels and hole-y moley are they good. Get a-round their signature house coffee blend, classic Everything Bagels, oozing S’mores French Toast Bagels – and everything in between, daily. (If we must).
Where: 5/10 Palm Beach Ave, Palm Beach

UE Bagels, Palm Beach (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
UE Bagels, Palm Beach (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Dipcro Pastry
Life is just butter with a freshly baked pastry and Dipcro has caused a flaky frenzy with its carefully crafted offerings. Located on Chevron’s Thomas Dr thoroughfare, this patisserie is a haven for pastry enthusiasts, founded by the dynamic duo, Evelyn and Michael. Born and bred for the #breadlyf, they introduce Dipcro Pastry as a play on ‘Dip’ and ‘Croissant,’ emphasising the signature mode of serving croissants with a variety of toppings and fillings for dunking pleasure. The Clui Design-influenced interior exudes a chic French vibe, enticing patrons with the aroma of freshly baked goods and Campos coffee. With an impressive lineup of signature pastries like Cinnamon Buns, Croissants, Mille Feuille, and Palmiers, Dipcro Pastry is a welcome addition to Chevron, promising a delightful and flavourful experience that’s certainly not flaking around.
Where: 55 Thomas Drive, Chevron Island

Various pastries at Dipcro Pastry, Chevron Island (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Various pastries at Dipcro Pastry, Chevron Island (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Arketa Café 
Owners Iszaya and Keeley’s vision of opening a central, dog-friendly coffee destination for Mermaid has come to life in a sun-soaked haven tucked just off Markeri St. Going with a modern industrial vibe, the menu includes a faithful selection of cafe stalwarts – acai bowls, fresh juices, and smoothies, with a special V.I.P (very important pawson) menu also dedicated to the pooches. Famished? The everything-but-the-kitchen-sink big brekkie, Arketà The Lot will hit the spot.
Where: Shop 5, 90 Markeri Street, Mermaid Waters

Basque
Our dreams came true (not the lotto, but pretty close) when owners Laura and Zac Guertin brought to Chirn Park the concept of a sippery-style bakehouse specialising in artisan cheesecake and Champagne to swoon over. Talented pastry chef Laura whips up an incredible array of sweet treats, including the signature, burnished Basque cheesecake and a must try lemon tart. Wash it down with everything from cold brew, Australian Pet Nat & Prosecco, to a fine selection French Champagnes – by the glass or bottle – or to-go, thanks to some very chic gift pack options (we’re a size ‘Cheesecake & Champagne pack’, incase anyone asks).
Where: 33b Musgrave Avenue, Chirn Park

Basque, Chirn Park (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Basque, Chirn Park (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Willy’s Beans
Willy’s Beans is more than a cafe—it’s a destination celebrating the journey of coffee from bean to brew. The warehouse-style space is adorned with iconic symbols of Colombian coffee production, including a signature red Willy’s Jeep. Offering a diverse selection of single-estate origin beans and a specialty menu featuring exotic options like the Summer Gesha bean, Willy’s Beans elevates the coffee experience. Beyond the brews, Willy’s Beans offers private tastings, providing coffee enthusiasts with a truly immersive experience.
Where: 1/4 Ramly Drive, Burleigh Heads

Willy's Beans, Burleigh (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Willy's Beans, Burleigh (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Tarte Beach House
Christmas came early last year (August, to be exact) when reigning pastry queen, Chloe Watts launched a sister venue to the cult-fave cruller spot, Tarte. Plonked right alongside the swaying palms of the picturesque Currumbin Creek foreshore, the Hamptons meets Parisian style stunner restored the beach shack site to its former glory (and then some), fitted with vintage fixtures and thankfully, famous, flaky pastries a plenty. There’s a more formal restaurant upstairs, slinging cocktails, Crab Linguine and (real) Lobster Rolls, plus an events space serving high tea, Tarte style (read: OMFG good). Just try to keep us away.
Where: 2 Thrower Dr, Currumbin

Tarte Beach House, Currumbin Creek (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Tarte Beach House, Currumbin Creek (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Humble Café
Tucked in a quiet Southport backstreet, Sennie Tee and Stanley Lam’s Humble café is a hidden gem on the Northern Gold Coast. Their compact caffeination destination embodies warmth and humility while serving up tempting, boujee brekkie options like Croffles, Chilli Crab Scrambled Eggs and Panko Soft Shell Crab Benedict. Limited seating offers prime real estate to perch up in the sunshine, while the beverage menu includes everything from Hong Kong inspired creations to Puppuccinos and Babyccinos – making it a must-visit brunch spot with something for everyone.
Where: 1/9 Nesbit Street, Southport

Humble Cafe, Southport (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Food at Humble Cafe, Southport (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Bake House Gozen
Bake House Gozen emerges as a rising star in the Gold Coast’s pastry scene, tracing its roots back to the humble beginnings of weekend markets.  Positioned between the coffee van and organic zucchinis, Bake House Gozen’s journey from Palm Beach markets to a Molendinar shopfront has been nothing short of spectacular. Owned by Maki Jinno, the pastry haven gained a cult following with its buttery, flaky croissants, prompting a well-deserved expansion. Maki’s vision for a Japanese bakery-inspired HQ, brought to life by local creative powerhouse Owen Thompson, sets the stage for a warm and welcoming space. The constantly rotating menu introduces new, seasonally-inspired flavors alongside beloved classics like almond croissants and Pain au chocolat. Flake your way down to Bake House Gozen and indulge in the daily deliciousness ASAP.
Where: Shop 7B, 458 Olsen Avenue, Molendinar

Bake House Gozen, Molendinar (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Selection of sweet and savoury pastries at Bake House Gozen, Molendinar (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Pagi Pagi
Launched by coffee maestros Dinh Van and Carlo Christo, newcomer Pagi Pagi is a caffeine sanctuary for the suburb of Ormeau, whose mission is to beam its sunshine-y vibes unto the locale’s otherwise bleak offering – in the form of top notch sandos and specialty brews. With their proven success in Brisbane’s coffee scene, the duo brings a modern industrial-style cafe to the Northern GC, where locals can get amongst tantalizing toasties like the Reuben and Pumpkin Halloumi, plus cups of joe emblazoned with the trademark grinning sun mascot.
Where: Norfolk Village Shopping Centre, Shop 1/174 Pascoe Rd, Ormeau

Banksy
Owned by coffee enthusiasts Alex Mears and Paul Rosenkranz, Banksy Bar & Kitchen in Broadbeach is a venue that marks the duo’s food-first debut following the success of Quest Coffee Roasters – a local name renowned for their topnotch brews. Their passion for food, sustainability and their Visla pup, Banksy, shines through here. Framed by soaring, double-height windows and a lofty, industrial chic interior – the spot’s paw-dorable mascot is a common sight, alongside plates piled with Big Vegan Scramble and the Chorizo, Coffee Bacon, or Avocado studded Banksy Big Breakfast.
Where: The Spot, Shop 1/2763 Gold Coast Hwy, Broadbeach

Food at Banksy Bar & Kitchen, Broadbeach (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
A breakfast spread at Banksy Bar & Kitchen, Broadbeach (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Side Piece Coffee
Sporting a trendy interior of polished concrete, copper accents, and a splash of olive green, Side Piece Coffee is the work of Dylan Jamsa, Miles Gaebel and Lee King, tucked under Varsity’s new residential tower precinct. Run by a team who cut their teeth in renowned local nosh hotspots like No Name Lane and Moo Moo, the gourmet sandos, brunch fare and The Black Lab Coffee they’re slinging from 7am daily have been received to rave reviews. Opening out to a sunny, spacious patio, it’s also pooch friendly… need we say more?
Where: 2 Capital Court, Varsity Lakes

Side Piece, Varsity Lakes (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Build Your Own, Side Piece, Varsity Lakes (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

The Holliday Coffee
The Holliday Coffee leveraged an otherwise unused sidewalk space delivering a chic coffee window to Nobby’s bustling GC Hwy strip. With umbrella-studded street tables and happy pops of peach throughout, the M.O. for Olivia Ayres and Nook Espresso co-owner, Marcus Wilkins, was to create perfect spot to caffeinate whilst soaking up the morning sun. Coupled with the likes of Spaghetti and cheese stuffed jaffles and Macadamia & honeycomb buttered crumpets and you’ve got the perfect way to start the day.
Where: 2251 Gold Coast Highway (corner of Wave St), Nobby Beach

The Holliday Coffee, Nobby Beach (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Juice and Iced Coffee, The Holliday Coffee, Nobby Beach (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Eight Fifty Espresso
Southport’s new goat-to, Eight Fifty Espresso has been boosting productivity and happiness levels of CBD perambulators – a Melbournian laneway-vibing hole-in-the-wall, doling out weekday caffeine fixes out of it’s sidewalk dwelling, sapphire green digs. The pet project of and owners of Yakk marketing next door, Elise & Broden – with seven quirky, goat-themed signature blends on offer, this place is the GOAT for coffee connoisseurs.
Where: 12 Short Street, Southport

The Bread Social
Byron’s beloved carb-slingers, Bread Social (and the artisan loaves that have earned them a cult-like following) landed in Currumbin earlier this year, in what is their first foray this side of the border. Sam Saulwick, Tom Scott, and Paul Giddings unveiled the first stage of their forthcoming flagship HQ – a sidewalk vibing coffee window stocked with all the good stuff: cakes, bread, sambos and golden, buttery pastries, and of course coffee. The new production facility is slated to include an educational space (hint: bread-making classes) and a dedicated café – so watch this space.
Where: 2 Queensbury Avenue, Currumbin Waters

The Burleigh Basic & Clean Green Smoothie, Piknik, Burleigh (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
The Burleigh Basic & Clean Green Smoothie, Piknik, Burleigh (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Piknik
A satisfying salad sanga is a commodity that is (was) surprisingly hard to come by on the GC, and Piknik – founded by health aficionado Maddi Turner – officially solved those plant-based and coffee cravings in one fell swoop. The signature ‘Burleigh Basic’ sandwich is a standout, featuring a tantalizing mix of veggies and the secret house relish. With sunny outdoor seating and delicious smoothie options like the ‘Coffee Lover’ or ‘Clean Green,’ Piknik has quickly become the go-to spot for a fresh and tasty fix.
Where: 7 Deodar Drive, Burleigh Heads

Social Espresso
Holding local coffee royalty status for some seven years now, owners Mitch and Hayley debuted Social Espresso 2.0 earlier this year – a brew-tiful second site just around the corner from their OG Burleigh-based coffee roasting facility. Tucked within the suburb’s industrial precinct, the chic new digs serves up the likes of signature coffee blends, cold-pressed juices, and moreish brunch options like the BLAC Bagel or Bacon & Egg Roll, from Monday–Friday.
Where: 1/9-11 Fremantle Street, Burleigh

Bacon & Egg Bagel and coffee, Social Espresso, Burleigh Heads (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Bacon & Egg Bagel and coffee, Social Espresso, Burleigh Heads (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Chut & Co
Founded by Joey Vevjoda, a coffee enthusiast and former carpenter, Chut & Co champions renowned Australian coffee roaster, ONA Coffee. Head Chef Fernando Giorgi crafts a delectable menu of Mediterranean flavours. The Pesto Joe and Burrito are standouts, while the Choc-Chip or Blueberry Pancakes cater to sweet cravings. Joey’s carpentry skills shine in the cafe’s unique design, featuring modern aesthetics with a homely touch.
Where: Mermaid Plaza, 2400 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach

Golden Times
Founded by Luke Andrews, Jono and Jaye Schollum, Golden Times brings cafe classics to the beachside village of Bilinga, with a charming, retro-inspired facelift for the fibro shack that was formerly home to Mervyn Roy’s. Head Chef Jasmine Darcy crafts an irresistible all-day brekkie menu featuring signature dishes like the Miso Avocado on Sourdough and the Eggs Benny Bagel, along with coffee a plenty – all served with a friendly, welcoming atmosphere for the tight-knit, seaside community.
Where: 169 Golden Four Drive, Bilinga

Golden Times, Bilinga (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Golden Times, Bilinga (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Nan’s Coffee
Founded by the delightful couple Hannah Chan and Jamiti Jamir, Nan’s charms with its coastal-meets-mountains aesthetic. Dog-friendly and adorned with a sentimental logo featuring the couple’s Labrador, Pablo, Nan’s is not just visually pleasing but also heartfelt. The food menu is a delightful mix of savory and sweet treats, including delicious toasties, homemade cookies and incredible smoothies. Nan’s Coffee stands out as a must-visit spot for a warm and inviting café experience in Broadbeach.
Where: 2763 Gold Coast Highway, Broadbeach

Ferg’s Café
Miami’s culinary scene has sprouted a new gem with Ferg’s, the vibrant garden-shed-inspired café that’s redefining breakfast and brunch. Ferg’s, which stands for Fresh Eats Really Good Sh*t, embraces a community shed vibe in its location at Hillcrest Parade. Head Chef Wendy Ortiz and Aleesha Forno, curate a menu that exceeds expectations, with standout dishes like Lemon Meringue Crumpets (drool) and the Smashed Avo Taco. If it’s fresh, restaurant-quality eats, smiley service, and a community feel you crave, Ferg’s is your new BFF.
Where: 2/43 Hillcrest Parade, Miami

Lemon Meringue Crumpets, Ferg's, Miami (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Lemon Meringue Crumpets, Ferg's, Miami (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

The Winey Cow
The Winey Cow opened in Main Beach in March, bringing Melbourne’s famed boozy brunch culture to our sunny shores. As the (un)official haven for this delightful mid-morning indulgence, The Winey Cow promises the perfect blend of breakfast and lunch, complemented by a generous serving of giggle-juice. Boasting accolades such as Café of the Year and Best Breakfast Restaurant in Melbourne, this family-friendly café, owned by the dynamic team of Cam and Jill Henderson, Jade Bremner, Rui Lourenco, Britt Ryan, and Magenta Hornsey, has quickly become the talk of the town. The menu, highlighted by the signature Boozy Brunch and a diverse array of mouthwatering dishes, has locals and their furry friends wagging their tails in approval.
Where: 5/11 Woodroffe Ave, Main Beach

Fruit Loaf, The Winey Cow, Main Beach (image supplied)
Fruit Loaf, The Winey Cow, Main Beach (image supplied)

Foster & Black
Known for bringing exceptional coffee to unexpected locations, Foster & Black has expanded to Robina Town Centre, marking their third Gold Coast space. The aesthetically stunning interior, featuring moonstone-esque green tones, contemporary roofing, cobblestone floors, and a mottled marble countertop, evokes emotions and engages the senses. Committed to high-quality coffee, Foster & Black source beans globally, roast them in Fortitude Valley, and brew in multiple locations. Whether you’re a coffee enthusiast or just looking for a chic space to enjoy a cup, Foster & Black at Robina Town Centre is a must-visit.
Where: Robina Town Centre, Robina Town Centre Drive, Robina

Sens Coffee QSV
Sens Coffee QSV in Southport is the latest addition to the Sens Coffee family, known for its Japanese fusion delights. The café exudes a Japanese wabi-sabi aesthetic, reflecting rustic simplicity and understated elegance. Head Chef Yuta Hosokawa, with experience in Tokyo and Sydney, curates a menu combining local and Japanese flavours. Highlights include the High Protein Chicken Rice or the Lotus Biscoff Croffle for a sweet treat. The beverage menu offers signature fresh juices, smoothies, and top-notch coffee brewed with Campos beans.
Where: 129 Queen Street, Southport

High Protein Chicken Rice, Sens Coffee QSV, Southport (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
High Protein Chicken Rice, Sens Coffee QSV, Southport (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Cheeky Waffles
Cheeky Waffles has been delighting the senses since January 2023, bringing a dose of playfulness and sweetness to Surfers Paradise. Created by the dynamic duo Amanda Machado and Joshua Luna, this dessert haven is not for the faint-hearted. With a daring concept born out of quarantine creativity in 2020, Cheeky Waffles doesn’t just serve desserts; it’s an experience that combines decadence with sexual wellness, inclusion, and acceptance. The waffle selection is, quite literally, a pick-your-private-part adventure. Dipped in premium Belgian chocolate and topped to your heart’s desire, these waffles are a flavor sensation. So let the Gold Coast’s naughty dessert bar continue to stimulate your senses and tickle your taste buds. It’s a full-package experience that’s as bold as it is delicious.
Where: 3189 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise

Cheeky Waffles, Surfers Paradise (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Cheeky Waffles, Surfers Paradise (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Bean N Brunch
Nestled on Tamborine Mountain, Bean N Brunch offers a refreshing retreat from the beachside scene with its boho-meets-Scandi vibe. It charms with a cosy deck, stylish interiors, and a delectable menu overseen by manager David Csavas. This café promises a delightful escape, where coffee enthusiasts can savour quality brews and delightful treats in a warm and welcoming ambience.
Where: 161 Long Road, Tamborine Mountain

Franquette
Franquette Bakery is a haven of French-inspired indulgence, living up to its name, which means ‘without any fuss.’ Founder and Head Baker, Jérôme Favier, a culinary virtuoso with an impressive resume, brings a touch of traditional artisan methods to craft delectable baked goods using sustainable flours and Australian ingredients. The result? A crust that’s practically prescription-worthy, delivering the most delightful artisan French carb goodness.  The bakery, with its warm and inviting French style, offers an array of bread varieties, sandwiches, and pastries, with standout items like ‘The Mountain Top’ and melt-in-your-mouth almond croissants. Just dough it and embark on a journey for the best bakery delights since sliced bread.
Where: 155 Long Road, Tamborine Mountain

Words by Kellie Leader and Belinda Symons.

Croissants at Franquette, Mt Tamborine (image by Two Birds Social)
Croissants at Franquette, Mt Tamborine (image by Two Birds Social)

The Annual 2022 Cafe Round Up

Delothor, Southport (image: ©2022 Inside Gold Coast)
Delothor, Southport (image: ©2022 Inside Gold Coast)

Yep it’s that time again! Each year we like to whip up an annual café round up to make sure you’re au fait with the movers and shakers on the GC café scene.

Now there are almost too many to mention coz LBH, our region is overflowing with caffeine/breaky/brunchy/lunchy goodness these days, but feel free to use this as a fail-safe checklist next time you’re keen to hit up somewhere new and totally nom-worthy #You’reWelcome.

SERVED
SERVED is Australia’s first charity-owned, not-for-profit coffee shop #bravo. Oz’s fastest growing charity Serving Our People launched this new hole-in-the-wall coffee haunt at its Mermaid Beach headquarters, promising a side of feel-good-factor with your caffeine hit or refreshment.
Where: 2582-2584 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach (entrance via 4-6 Seaview Avenue)

Good Day Coffee Palm Beach
Younger sibling to Tugun’s ever-popular Good Day Coffee, Palm Beach now has its very own GDC installment taking over the space where Watson Bloom once lived. Serving up coffee, breakky, snacks, brunch and lunch, it has the same ‘friendly place for friendly people’ vibes as its big sis #GoodGenes.
Where: 1073 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach

Good Day Coffee, Palm Beach (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)
Good Day Coffee, Palm Beach (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)

Corner Coffee
The southern GC’s newest grab-and-go must-try! Unlike many convenient pitstops for your fuel (aka coffee), breaky, lunch on the run, or sweet or savory snack, this one offers healthy, gluten free eats and vegetarian options and legit, where have you been all our process-food-infused lives?
Where: 134 West Burleigh Road, Burleigh Heads

Pasture & Co
Embracing the eco-friendly philosophy with gusto, Pasture & Co (2.0) is a unique family-friendly café ticking all the boxes; d-lish healthy eats, prime location, tranquillity with a vibe, friendly service, and an environmental conscience. Using local, organic and sustainably sourced ingredients, you’ll find epic vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, and paleo fare….and they even cater for omnivores!
Where: 6 Village Way, Currumbin Valley

Delothor Patisserie
Pumping out sensational Asian inspired pastries, desserts and drinks, this two-story Southport sweet tooth’s haven is our kinda kryptonite! Founders Alexia Kang and her cousin’s pastry prowess is celebrated far and wide, and their dreamy central Southport space is as delicious as their eats.
Where: 29 Davenport Street, Southport

Tarte Market
The newest Tarte in town, Tarte Market joins Tarte Bakery Café and the Tarte Takeaway window, this time making all things healthy, clean and beach-bod-friendly. With New York and Parisian influences, feast on salads made fresh to order, with the option of including as many house-made ad-ons as your tastebuds desire.
Where: 2 West Street, Burleigh Heads

Tarte Market (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)
Tarte Market (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)

Herringbone
Perched opposite the Southport Library, you’ll find the irresistible Herringbone. Embracing the ‘simple is best’ premise, this tastefully designed minimalistic café lets its sensational Australian and Italian inspired menu take centre stage #drool.
Where: 27 Garden Street, Southport

Mark Daniel’s Patisserie
If you’re a regular at Robina Town Centre or Runaway Bay Shopping Centre, chances are you’ve popped into Mark Daniel’s Patisserie mid-shop to refuel. With everything baked fresh daily, pair your obligatory coffee with cakes, slices, cupcakes, macaroons, croissants, doughnuts, toasted sangas, bagels and OMG – dessert JARS!
Where: Runaway Bay Shopping Centre, 10/12 Lae Drive, Runaway Bay & Robina Town Centre, Robina Town Centre, Robina

Tugun Market Co. exterior (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)
Tugun Market Co. exterior (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)

Tugun Market Co.
A destination store for local produce and products, make sure you grab a delish Campos coffee and a bite to eat while you’re there, and let your mini-me’s frolic in the special kids’ area. Changing up the food shopping experience, Tugun Market Co. offers a point of differentiation to the larger supermarkets, delivering a unique and enjoyable food shopping journey.
Where: 499 Gold Coast Highway, Tugun

Rise Bakery
Combining a high-end French bakery with a tres elegant fit out, salon de thés vibes, and a (well-stocked) champagne bar, what’s not to love?! Located at Sanctuary Cove, there’s no better setting for coffee sipping, croissant munching, and people watching.
Where: Shop C/ 4 Masthead Way, Sanctuary Cove

Fruit Tart and Chocolate Eclair, Rise Bakery (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)
Fruit Tart and Chocolate Eclair, Rise Bakery (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)

MC’s Sandwich House
MC’s Sandwich House is the new face on the Burleigh sandwich scene, offering their tantalising take on sangas from around the globe. Made fresh to order and available until sold out, pop in to celebrate quality sandwiches with both classic and outside of the box ingredients.
Where: 83 West Burleigh Road, Burleigh Heads

Gluten Free 4 U
The Broadbeach arm of the popular Gluten Free 4 U franchise has already ‘grained’ a cult following with those who suffer with food allergies and intolerances, thanks to delicious treats, Parisian café vibes and traditional bakery feels – sans the stuff that makes you feel ick. Gorg yourself with 100% gluten and nut free goods, plus a wide range of dairy free, soy free, egg free, yeast free and fructose free products, take-home meals and speciality cakes.
Where: Bel Air On Broadbeach, 2633 Gold Coast Highway, Broadbeach

A selection of pastries with a Pink Latte and Matcha Strawberry Latte, Moli Patisserie & Cafe (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)
A selection of pastries with a Pink Latte and Matcha Strawberry Latte, Moli Patisserie & Cafe (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)

Moli
No ho-hum sausage roll or #basic beverages here! With a minty fresh green aesthetic, Moli Patisserie and Café is Broady’s answer to all your brekkie, brunch, lunch, afternoon tea (more concisely put, everything except dinner) prayers. Feast your eyes on a variety of Asian style cakes made fresh each and every day, levelled up teas, stellar coffees, and refreshing cold press juices.
Where: Moli Patisserie and Café, Shop 8&9, Qube Building, 29 Queensland Avenue, Broadbeach

Market Organics Wholefood Cafe
Serving up relaxed, nutritious and delicious eats seven days a week, it’s the perfect place to grab a coffee, smoothie or meal before doing your weekly grocery haul. A one-stop-shop for your wholefood needs, Market Organics boasts an extensive 100% certified organic produce department, bulk food section, variety of refrigerated and dry goods, a Wellness Hub, and a herbal dispensary.
Where: 201 Ferry Road, Southport

Butlers Tea Room & Noshery interior (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)
Butlers Tea Room & Noshery interior (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)

Butler’s Tea Room + Noshery
Serving up delicious contemporary cuisine and the most exquisite teas and liquid treats you ever did see (or taste), the eclectic Butlers Tea Room + Noshery has our hearts a-flutter! It’s a secret find in the European countryside (well it’s in Burleigh…but you’d swear otherwise), and stop the press; they serve….wait for it….spiked teas #ThereIsAGod.
Where: 12/197-207 Reedy Creek Rd, Burleigh Heads

Bowl & Blend
Poke enthusiasts, juice junkies and Acai fans listen up! Slinging healthy Hawaiian eats and sips like a boss, Bowl & Blend is the home of high quality, organic, ethically sourced and reasonably priced fare, made with hand-picked local ingredients.
Where: 64 Griffin Street, Coolangatta

Owner Kim Udomdj in front of the Menu board, Bowl & Blend (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)
Owner Kim Udomdj in front of the Menu board, Bowl & Blend (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)

Grazeway
An on-trend, buzzing, indoor/outdoor café with a show-stopping upscale, casual dining menu, this one’s a winner! Add the fact that they create edible art with their instagrammable grazing tables, boards and platters, Grazeway is eating and entertaining #goals.
Where: Shop 1/1 Tibbing St, Nerang

Words by Bianca Trathen.

Tutti Frutti Acai Bowl, Pulled Pork & House Hash Brown, Kids Watermelon Wonder Smoothie, Iced Coffee, Le Petit Grazing Box, Green Gringo Smoothie and Open Truffled Omlette, Grazeway (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)
Tutti Frutti Acai Bowl, Pulled Pork & House Hash Brown, Kids Watermelon Wonder Smoothie, Iced Coffee, Le Petit Grazing Box, Green Gringo Smoothie and Open Truffled Omlette, Grazeway (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)

A cult flavour-ite opens on Currumbin Creek

Tarte Beach House, Currumbin Creek (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Selection of pastries at Tarte Beach House, Currumbin Creek (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Well well well, what do we have here?

If it isn’t our mate Currumbin collecting trendy new haunts like they don’t already have dibs on the coolest creek in the whole of the GC.

Tarte Beach House, Currumbin Creek (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Tarte Beach House, Currumbin Creek (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

It’s okay though, we’re not mad about it, because in case you haven’t caught the hottest news in town, a cult-flavourite on the GC scene has branched out to bring us a BRAND NEW VENUE (and yes we feel the shouty caps are warranted, as will anyone who has tasted one of their mouth-watering pastries) because we are talking about our beloved, one and only Tarte Bakery here.

Tarte Beach House, Currumbin Creek (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Steak 'N' Frites Sandwich, Tarte Beach House, Currumbin Creek (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

We are so bready for the great Tarte takeover, with Currumbin officially welcoming its sister venue Tarte Beach House this week and, while we want to say it’s every bit as good as you’d expect – it’s not.

It’s even better (how is that even possible?!)

Tarte Beach House, Currumbin Creek (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Tarte Beach House, Currumbin Creek (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Taking up residence under the palms lazily swaying by the picturesque Currumbin Creek foreshore, this Hamptons meets Parisian style stunner ticks all the boxes – and with owner and culinary mastermind Chloe Watts at the helm, we certainly don’t think this new venue will be living in the shadow of its big sister for long.

Tarte Beach House, Currumbin Creek (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Hot Cakes, Tarte Beach House, Currumbin Creek (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Somewhere between her duties as #supermum and running one of the GC’s most popular artisan bakeries, Chloe apparently manages to squeeze in the odd The Block binge, because the new Tarte Beach House beach shack glow up was a reno of epic proportions.

She well and truly uncovered the true potential of this creekside gem, which has been treated to a full facade makeover with some stunning new joinery to frame those knockout views.

Tarte Beach House, Currumbin Creek (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Tarte Beach House, Currumbin Creek (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Also of note are the painstakingly sourced vintage fixtures, with tables, counters and beach umbrellas turned lamp shades direct from France clocking in at a mere century old #oohlala.

Complete with chic monochrome checkerboard floors and elegant brass fixtures to round out the whole elevated space, it’s no longer just the glistening outlook that’s insta-worthy.

Tarte Beach House, Currumbin Creek (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Parisian Hot Chocolate and Creme Brulee, Tarte Beach House, Currumbin Creek (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

No how matter how ‘in’, the mullet may claim to be, we are loathe to use such a term to describe the ‘party in the bottom, business in the top’ functionality of this gorg new multi-level space (but we did it anyway).

Tarte Beach House, Currumbin Creek (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Downstairs at Tarte Beach House, Currumbin Creek (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Downstairs has been designed to be the more casual of the two spaces, welcoming us to saunter in post-dip and pull up stumps, or perhaps grab a New York style bagel (or any of your usual Tarte flaky faves) to-go #we’rejusthereforthecruellers.

Tarte Beach House, Currumbin Creek (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Lobster Roll, Tarte Beach House, Currumbin Creek (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Upstairs boasts the more formal style restaurant, which of course is fully licensed (which means Tarte cocktails, huzzah!).

Coupled with all-day faves such as Chilli eggs – Crispy ‘fried’ eggs, sauteed asparagus and broccolini with Aunty TT’s crispy chilli and fresh shallots on white sourdough and slightly more boujee brunch options such as the Lobster Roll made with Southern rock lobster in hot butter, celery, chives and lettuce served in a toasted housemade brioche. Shut up and take all our money!

Tarte Beach House, Currumbin Creek (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Pastry cabinet at Tarte Beach House, Currumbin Creek (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

With plans to eventually extend the Tarte Beach House offering to arvos and evenings, Europe called and said we should definitely stay home for creek hangs this summer.

Tarte Beach House, Currumbin Creek (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Tarte Beach House, Currumbin Creek (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

When: Downstairs officially opens Thursday 10th August, upstairs opens this weekend from 6.30am-3pm daily.
Where: 2 Thrower Dr, Currumbin

Words by Kellie Leader.
Images by Carly King.

Tarte Beach House, Currumbin Creek (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Tarte Beach House, Currumbin Creek (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

We’re flaking out about Chevron’s cool new patisserie

Dipcro Pastry, Chevron Island (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Various pastries at Dipcro Pastry, Chevron Island (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

In case you’re not already a-croissant the news, something epic has been a ‘cookin in Chevron, with the locale keeping under wraps news of a very delicious bun baking away in its CBD.

The central spot has welcomed brand new addition, Dipcro Pastry – a patisserie specialising in the scrumptious pastry art of all things puff, a development that we’re #flakingout over. Because life’s just butter with a freshly baked pastry in hand, no?

Dipcro Pastry, Chevron Island (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Dipcro Pastry, Chevron Island (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

One thing is for sure, pastry is officially the only form of ‘flaky’ we’ll accept in 2023, and to be clear we plan on graciously accepting it verrry often.

Our personal baked good dispensary, we mean.. the new patisserie has taken up residence on Chevron’s Thomas Dr thoroughfare, which, depending on how you look at it – is either very good or very bad news as far as #snaccidents are concerned.

Almond Croissant and coffee at Dipcro Pastry, Chevron Island (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Almond Croissant and coffee at Dipcro Pastry, Chevron Island (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Evelyn and Michael, the entrepreneur duo behind Dipcro, have combined their superpowers to bring the new venture to life – Evelyn, a graduate of the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu brings extensive pastry experience, while Michael brings his big brain energy to the biz backend.

The pair go on to spill the tea, or pastry – that it was Evelyn who first dared to dream those big, shop sized dreams, whilst Michael, the hype man behind the operation, became the driving force behind making those sweet dreams a reality.

Various pastries at Dipcro Pastry, Chevron Island (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Various pastries at Dipcro Pastry, Chevron Island (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Some might say they were born and bread for the #breadlyf, with their family back in Indonesia already spending some 50 years perfecting the secret recipe to their burgeoning bakery empire.

The duo went on to crumb up with the name Dipcro for the new venture – a play on combing the words ‘Dip’ and ‘Croissant’, à la the signature mode of serving the croissant with an array of signature toppings & fillings, for your dunking pleasure.

Dipcro Pastry, Chevron Island (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Dipcro Pastry, Chevron Island (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Just follow your nose to find the unmistakable aroma of baked goods and coffee permeating the Thomas Dr promenade, the French-vibing B&W awnings your second hint of what awaits.

The Clui Design influence on the interior space is evident, with their trademark chic, white on white vibe (one that avid pastry aficionados might already be familiar with from Sanc Cove’s Rise Bakery) a solid clue of their part in #nailing yet another local fit out.

Campos coffee at Dipcro Pastry, Chevron Island (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Campos coffee at Dipcro Pastry, Chevron Island (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

Framing the back wall, the illuminated Dipcro insignia makes a valiant effort stand out among a sea of pastries, while the La Marzocco espresso machine (aka the sexiest machine known to mankind) is a a sight for sore eyes – sitting pride of place and punching out irresistible Campos coffees #onrepeat.

Various pastries at Dipcro Pastry, Chevron Island (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Various pastries at Dipcro Pastry, Chevron Island (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

But enough drooling over inanimate objects.. let’s cut to the cake. The signature Dipcro, has one of the strongest supporting casts since The Godfather graced our screens, with Cinnamon Buns, Croissants, Mille Feuille and Palmiers all making offers we can’t refuse.

And yeah, Dipcro is really not flaking around here.

Dipcro Pastry, Chevron Island (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Dipcro Pastry, Chevron Island (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)

In fact, it might just be the best thing to come to Chevron since ‘iced’ bread. So crumb on GC.. get amongst it.

Where: 55 Thomas Drive, Chevron Island,
When: Daily 7am–2:30pm 

Words by Kellie Leader.
Images by Mathilde Bouby.

Dipcro Pastry, Chevron Island (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
Exterior of Dipcro Pastry, Chevron Island (Image: © 2023 Inside Gold Coast)
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